Welcome to the May 2015 ACT Rogaining Association newsletter!
In this newsletter, read about:
1. The June navigation and rogaining skills workshop: entries opening very soon
2. The 4 hour mid-winter event: now on Sunday 12 July
3. NSW Paddy Pallin rogaine: entries now open
4. 2015 Australasian championships: entries now open
5. 2016 World championships
6. President’s soapbox: a dispatch from central Australia
7. Report from the autumn event
8. Don’t miss this video
9. Wanted: your input and ideas
1. Want to navigate confidently? Learn how at the June navigation and rogaining skills workshop!
How do Julie Quinn and David Baldwin keep winning events? Is there a special ingredient in their muesli bars?
Well, I scratch my head too; I know they do a fair bit of training, but they are also excellent navigators and course planners.
Navigation can be daunting at first, but it can also be fun and highly rewarding. The 20-21 June ACTRA rogaining and training workshop will provide an excellent grounding in the sport. The weekend will cover navigation, gear, tactics and route planning, and offers both theory and practical exercises. The weekend is particularly suited to those new to the sport, but everyone will find something useful, as we provide coaches to work with you at your level.
The workshop is always popular, so watch our web and Facebook pages, and get in quickly. Bookings will open very soon.
2. The family-friendly mid-winter event: now on Sunday 12 July.
The mid-winter event is a great way to get the blood circulating, doing something you love. It is family-friendly and this year it will be held only 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra.
But get out your digital eraser and pencil – the date has changed from 11 July to Sunday 12 July.
The event provides a great chance for a new setter or vetter to be mentored, and such experience will be invaluable when you next compete. Please contact Doug if you are interested. Susie would also love to hear from volunteers able to help on the day, including running the computer.
3. NSW Paddy Pallin event: Sunday 14 June: entries now open
The very popular NSW Paddy Pallin 6 hour rogaine will be at idyllic, nearby Bendalong, on the NSW south coast. The location offers invigorating walking on beaches and headlands, with many tracks through mixed forest and heath.
It will be held on Sunday 14 June and entries are now open.
4. 2015 Australasian Championships: entries now open
Our NSW colleagues have been busy. Entries are also now open for the 2015 Australasian championships on 10-11 October. They will be held in the stunning Capertree National Park and surrounds, just over four hours from Canberra. ACTRA will be providing a subsidised bus, and we will provide more details about this closer to the event.
5. Everybody wants to rule the world: 2016 World Rogaining Championships pre-entry information
In July 2016, the World Rogaining Championships will return to Australia. Our own David and Julie are setting a cracker of a course on a specially-produced map, in a stunning corner of central Australia. This is a must for your diary.
Entries will open on 23 October 2015 and will be capped at 800 people (not teams). It is important to understand the system for securing an entry in the event. Note that it is not essential to pre-qualify, but it is highly desirable to enter early.
6. President's soapbox
I've just had two weeks in central Australia course setting for the 2016 World Rogaine Champs. Aside from an unashamed plug for this event (the course is just incredible and not to be missed), quite a few days wandering around with a map and compass is fantastic navigation practice. It sharpens your mind to remembering what detail you need to focus on to get between controls, and what you then need to narrow in on close to the next flag.
What are the big features that need to be navigated along or around? Maybe a hill or up a major watercourse until a major bend. This way it is easier to then work out what are the minor features along the way that may or may not feature on a map (e.g. a little spur or gully). Of course, it is important to note these on the way so you can track progress, but it means they are not so critical.
Closer to the control the small features then become important to narrowing into the place where you will then spot the flag. Make sure you are in the right big location then hone in.
In all of this, and especially on the map I have been working on, keeping my thumb on exactly where I am is important to keep track of my location.
For a funny aside, I had some excellent practice on one day of working out what was important and what was not, when I forgot to take my map with me. I was playing map memory between controls by periodically looking at David's map. A great exercise but perhaps not one to try during an event!
If you have ever thought about whether you should take on some course setting or vetting, think about it as a skills sharpening exercise as well as helping out the association and your fellow rogainers (editor – and the July event provides an excellent such opportunity... see item 2 above).
7. Report from the autumn event
The Lower Cotter Catchment rogaines were held over the weekend of 18/19 April in the eastern parts of the Cotter catchment and the adjoining Tidbinbilla ranges. A brave band of 27 teams turned up for the 5 hour foot-only night event, and on Sunday another 21 teams fronted for the foot event, while eight teams cycled that day. The weather was challenging for all events.
The nightgaine winners were Peter Preston and Tomas Krajca, who blitzed the field in an excellently executed course with 1760 points. There were close contests in both the mixed open and the minor placing of the male open event. Michael McCluskey and Charlotte Peterson finished only ten points ahead of Kieran Macdonell and Clare Lonergan, despite both teams finishing within a minute of each other after cut-off, to take out first place in the Mixed Open. We had some good participation from the family category too, with James and Max Swann taking out first place. Parissa Poulis and Pat Meithke also had a great result taking out third place in the Women’s Open, as well as winning both Women’s Veterans and Supervets categories.
An extraordinary feature of the Sunday results was the domination by mixed teams, taking out the first six places in the foot event, which was won by Keira Doherty and Thomas Banks with 1820 points. Michael Reed and Leigh Nelson were one of the few cycle teams to stay out on course for the maximum amount of time, in what were very challenging conditions for our bike entrants. They top scored for the entire weekend with 1960 points. Some of our newer members took out placings in the Sunday events, including Brad Vallette, Karun Paul, Dale Drummond, Jet Shoon Chong and Jaron Lee.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible. Follow these links to the results and splits, and to photos.
8. Don’t miss this video
We have some very creative rogainers out there, putting together very sophisticated videos clips. We have previously posted Laure Gauthiez-Putallez’s wonderful video on
Facebook. See also Marco Ernst’s very cute, short video from this year’s ACT Paddy Pallin event.
9. Wanted: your feedback and ideas!
I am the new ACTRA Publicity Officer, and want to acknowledge Benita Somerville’s excellent work in the job over recent years. She is now heading off overseas on posting.
I would love to get your input for the website, the Facebook page or the newsletter: stories from your rogaining adventures, photos, video clips and whatever other new innovations modern cyberspace supports!
Please also send me your ideas on how we can improve our websites, Facebook page or the newsletter. You can reach me at this link.
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